President Barack Obama signed another short-term spending bill that averted a government shutdown.
Late News: Obama signs spending bill to avert government shutdown
The bill includes cuts to state health-access grants and pandemic flu funding. The Senate's 87-13 approval of the three-week continuing resolution followed the House of Representatives' passage of it. The measure extends the short-term resolution funding the government that was set to expire late last week and gives congressional leaders more time to negotiate a funding plan for the remainder of the fiscal year. Republican leaders touted the inclusion of $6 billion more in cuts in the latest funding measure, but conservative members of their caucus have grown restive with the lack of larger cuts, and a growing number of conservative Republicans opposed the bill in the House and Senate. The measure's cuts mean less money for healthcare, as outlined by a summary from the House Appropriations Committee, where the measure originated, including $75 million less in state health-access grants that would apply to 13 states slated to receive funding from HHS, as well as $276 million in flu funding.
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